Koalas on Magnetic Island benefit from fundraiser Jazz and Koalas

Congratulations to Sandra Beynon for pulling off another Jazz and Koalas event at Sandi’s on Magnetic Island last Sunday 22nd August 2021.

The event was a sellout and judging by the frivolity of the patrons, a much-needed diversion from the constant threats of lockdown, cancellations and general confusion about where we are all headed.

Joined by island local, Andrew Djaski, on trumpet, and  Townsville guitarist, Jeremy Hawker, plus the very competent Graham Ross on drums, the music spilled out over 4 hours.

After a special set by some music students, Sandra Beynon took to the stage with a set of tunes made famous by Ella Fitzgerald.

Later, Sandra would get the crowd swinging to some samba tunes with a full set of bossanova made famous by Astrud Gilberto.

Of course, the idea of the event is to raise money for the Magnetic Island Koala Hospital and lots of raffle tickets and donations later, just over $1000 was handed over to Dr Ali Bee, local vet and woman behind the koala hospital on the island.

“There’s a constant need for donations to help us feed the injured and sick koalas which come into our care.  We’re extremely grateful to Sandra for putting this event on for the third time.  It was a great day to raise awareness of the need to treasure this precious creature, wherever we might be in Australia,” said Dr Bee.

Special thanks to our transport sponsor, Sealink Queensland.

Murmurs abound as to whether the event will re-brand to enable the inclusion of other music genres.  Perhaps next year’s event will be “Jam for Koalas” or “Groovin’ the Koalas” or  even Rockin’ the Wildilfe”.

Sandra Beynon is a Brisbane-based vocalist and event organiser with Body and Soul Music and Events, and also My Chilli Festival.


Jazz and Koalas on Magnetic Island 2021

It’s happening again!   Magnetic Island’s favourite jazz event is taking place on Sunday 22nd August 2021 at the beautiful foreshore location of Horseshoe Bay at Sandi’s Bar. 

The event was conceived by Body and Soul Music and Events’ CEO Sandra Beynon, to fill in some time while on holiday with London-based jazz singer, Trudy Kerr.

It raises money for the island’s koala hospital, hence the title of the event.

“We need all the money we  can get to help care for our little special friends on the island. Cars, illness and accidents mean they are brought into my vet clinic and we rely on donations and sponsorships to help us continue our work in returning them to good health where possible, and then releasing them into the wild once they are ready,” said Ali Bee of Magnetic Island Koala Hospital.

With international travel still not happening, regular Trudy Kerr won’t be able to fly in for some tropical fun, but long-time friend and festival organiser, Sandra Beynon, will be keeping her spot on the stage warm until better times come again.

Sandra is one of Australia’s most versatile singers, covering rock, country, pop, as well as jazz.

Having just appeared at Warwick’s Jumpers and Jazz in July Festival on 18th August, Sandra will again sing her Ella and Astrud Tribute repertoire.

Sandra will be accompanied by Townsville guitarist, Jeremy Hawker, who also teaches.

The inimitable Andrew Djaski will feature on flugelhorn and vocals, and his colleague and fellow island-dweller, Graham Morris, will be on the drums.

Look forward to meeting some up-and-coming players as Jeremy Hawker’s Guitar Studio students will take to the stage to strut their stuff.

“Entry is by donation – so make that a gold coin or a lovely bouncy polymer note – we’re grateful for anything,” said Ms Beynon.

No need to book – just swing by and enjoy the vibe and help out a good cause while you’re ther

Jazz and Koalas organiser Sandra Beynon with Trudy Kerr, and Ali Bee of Magnetic Island Koala Hospital.


Astrud and Ella a hit at Jumpers and Jazz Festival 2021

Two of Queensland’s most versatile musicians, Sandra Beynon and Sean Mullen, put together a great little show as part of the Jumpers n Jazz Festival in July 2021, this Sunday 18th July 2021.

Hosted by The Coffee Club Warwick, vocalist Sandra Beynon sang two sets of tunes made famous by Ella Fitzgerald and two further sets of tunes made famous by Brazilian singer, Astrud Gilberto.

Sandra Beynon and Sean Mullen perform the great tunes as performed by Ella Fitzgerald and Astrud Gilberto.

Sean Mullen’s prowess on his beautiful Canadian Godin acoustic-electric guitar is more than evident in this show.  Sandra fills out the vibe with her percussion, moving from brushes on a conga head, plus some lovely tingles on the Zildjan ride, some wonderful work on the shaker, the claves, and a maraccas.

The Jumpers n Jazz in July Festival celebrates all things woolly and jazzy, and is one of Queensland’s quirkiest festivals.

This year, the main street of Warwick played host to dozens of show cars as well which made for some great photos.

To book the Astrud & Ella Show featuring Sandra Beynon and Sean Mullen, contact them here.

Sandra Beynon Vocalist and Sean Mullen Guitar